The Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS) has condemned the decision by the Lagos State House of Assembly to prescribe death penalty for kidnapping, describing it as disappointing.
HURILAWS said the decision is ill-conceived and will not achieve any result. “Several other states such as Edo, Bayelsa, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo have done same but it has not stopped kidnapping or any other crime,” the group pointed out in a statement endorsed by its senior legal/programme officer, Collins Okeke.
He therefore advised the state to rather than emphasise the death penalty as the panacea to kidnapping or any other crime, it should continue to build the capacity of law enforcement agencies.
According to him, Lagos state is a trailblazer in criminal justice reforms in Nigeria and therefore should not take a step backwards. HURILAWS as a result appealed to the Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode not to sign the proposed kidnapping bill into law.